From left: New Cars members Todd Rundgren and Elliot Easton, engineer/producer Mark Linett and New Car Prairie Prince pose for the camera.
Engineer Mark Linett brought his Your Place or Mine mobile rig to Center Staging (Burbank, Calif.) to record the New Cars in front of an invite-only audience. The tracks were used for the band’s latest release, It’s Alive, which features performances of many of the old Cars’ new-wave hits. Linett recorded to Genex 9048 running at 96k, 24-bit, with Pro Tools as a backup. He also brought along a rack of API 312 modules. (“Not the most mobile of racks, but worth the hassle,” Linett says.) The album was mixed by producer Todd Rundgren in his home studio in Hawaii.